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Smart meters are not a health risk, finds a report by the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC).

The assessment by the MPUC comes in light of a court-ordered review of the potential health hazards posed by the devices. After the commission approved Central Maine Power Co.'s plan to install smart meters for the utility's 620,000 customers in 2009, objections began to mount. Soon thereafter, activists who claim that smart meters induce medical issues appealed the MPUC decision in court, arguing that the commission failed in its legal obligation to ensure the safety of utility customers.

In 2012, the Maine Supreme Judicial Court ordered the MPUC to investigate the matter, according to an article by the Portland Press Herald.

The opponents contend that the radio frequency emissions and wireless networks related to smart meters endanger human health. The MPUC's report refutes such assertions and will serve as a guideline for the commission as it decides how to handle the alleged health issues, a determination that is expected to come later this year.

Lacking the expertise to conduct its own health studies, the MPUC instead accepted thousands of pages of expert testimony for its report. Upon reviewing the material, the commission concluded that there is no credible, peer-reviewed research to support a direct link between smart meters and health problems.

The MPUC also found that the radio frequencies emitted by smart meters meet federal safety standards. Furthermore, no regulatory entity or health agency in the U.S. or Canada has ruled smart meters to be unsafe. 

A lawyer representing the activists plans to file objections to the MPUC report by the April 11 deadline to do so.

Read the full Portland Press Herald article here.


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